Sunday, March 17, 2013

Getting Hot in the Desert!

Sunday March 3

Quiet day today, spent most of the day watching hockey! Took a medium length walk in the desert this AM, little flowers are starting to show up, along with a lot of green.

The Blackhawks game was an afternoon game in Detroit so it started at 10:30 AM here! As we have been doing a lot we recorded it so we could skip commercials and the between periods talking heads. This was absolutely the best hockey game I have seen in years! Fast and furious, hard and clean hockey. 

The Red Wings took a 1-0 lead early in the third period and for a while it looked like the Blackhawks points string was about to end, then Patrick Kane scored with 2.02 left! Overtime and the streak stays alive! No score in overtime so it came down to a shoot-out and Kane was the only one to score on a really nifty (some might say showboat) move - but as Mike Middlebury (sp?) said after the game “It’s hard to be humble when you are that good.”

After the game we watched the NASCAR race on fast forward, only stopping for the interesting bits. Not a very exciting race again this week. They have turned Cup into a spec series with the tight rules package and spec racing is never very exciting if the drivers are all of the same caliber. You need some differentiation in either the car, the driver skill, or the tactics (like in F1) to get interesting racing.

In the evening we watch Montreal beat Boston, nowhere near the quality of hockey we saw in Detroit and Boston through the game away by getting chippy and taking stupid penalties when they had a lead.

Monday March 4

Monday morning meeting which turned out to be a bit more exciting than usual as there was an issue with the RV Park trash. It appears that someone (my money is on the trash hauler) dumped a whole load of trash from the park out in the desert nearby. At least five residents received letters from the county accusing them of illegal dumping and threatening a $500 fine if the trash was not cleaned up! Needless to say they were not “happy campers”! The park owner promised to get everything straightened out and a group even volunteered to take a trailer and pick up the trash. Update: turns out it appears to have been someone taking a number of bags of trash from the dumpster and searching through it for valuables. Seems like the recycling dumpsters would be a better bet.

After the meeting we picked up Margo and dog sat until mid-afternoon.

Tuesday March 5

Took a short walk in the desert this morning. Tiny little flowers are starting to show up more and more.

Nancy went to get her nails done this AM and I went to a lady here in the park for a haircut. 

Checked out a new place for dinner, Nimbus Brewing. Nancy has been drinking their Pale Ale this winter and we had looked at it before, but their website has links to the Brewery and the Bistro. The Bistro is way up on the far Northeast side, opposite side of town from us, so we wrote it off as too far to go for dinner.

Turns out they also serve food at the Brewery, which is on the Southeast side near the Air Force base. Not so far to go for dinner. Much like the Barrio Brewing Co, but their hamburgers were better. We’ll be back. 

Wednesday March 6

After our morning walk we headed out to the Fry’s Supermarket in Sahaurita. It is the newest Fry’s in the area, only about 20 miles south on I-19, which is not long since the speed limit is 75. Today is geezer senior day, 10% discount for seniors on the first Wednesday of the month.

Since we were that far south we went on to the farmers market in Green Valley, but struck out again. The guy with the gloves was not there and the guy with the salmon was missing as well.

Of course we had to stop at BK for lunch on the way back.

Blackhawks won again tonight! 21-0-3 and Ray Emery became the first goalie in NHL history to start the season 10-0! Well deserved too since he kept them in a couple of games that they should have lost. Lost a couple of key guys to injuries tonight, hopefully not for long.

Hot today, up into the eighties again.

Thursday March 7

Off to Tucson Yoga this AM and then went straight from there to the Reid Park Zoo. We had not been there before, had heard good things, and today was geezers seniors free day! Turns out to be a pretty nice zoo as advertised.

Made a stop at Food Conspiracy on the way home and then Nancy did some laundry. We went over to Los Portales for dinner.

Friday March 8

Really odd weather today, bright blue skies and white clouds, then it gets dark and rains a bit, then clears off, then rain again. Must have done that a half dozen times during the day. Rains were brief and light, we even had some thunder! Did get up into the mid sixties.

Nancy went to the monthly soup and salad lunch and then we made a quick run into Rodriguez Seafood and picked up some fish for dinner.

Blackhawks play again tonight. And they finally lost one, had to happen sometime. Now the big question is, will they rebound or slump. They lost Patrick Sharp for about a month the other night, but Hossa and Shaw played tonight, so that is good news.

Saturday March 9

Off to the Tucson Festival of books this morning. First time we have gone, weather a little iffy, in the fifties and spitting rain off and on, but that helped keep the morning crowds down.

Lots of booths with everything under the sun, a lot of author sighings and various talks and presentations. Nancy wanted to here the author of Dearie, Dearie, but it turned out that most of what he was talking about was stuff from the book, which she had read.

We went to a presentation by two comedy writers. Turned out the guy who writes for The Daily Show was ill, so it was just Alan Zweibel. David Fitzsimmons from the Arizona Daily Star was the moderator and did an excellent job. Alsn, who started out at the beginning of Saturday Night Live was very interesting and a really funny guy with great stories, most funny, some poignant. A really enjoyable hour.

Instead of eating at the food booths there we went up to Beyond Bread for lunch, then made a stop at Trader Joe’s and back home in mid-afternoon.

Sunday March 10

Nice walk in the morning and then a quite day. Another boring NASCAR race - this new car is worse than the old one.

Add to that the Blackhawks lost the second game in a row. They did however make a game out of it after being blown out 4-0 in the first period!

Monday March 11

RV Park meeting in the morning and then we joined the work crew picking up trash along the road outside the RV Park. Spent two hours doing that and we were pooped when we finished. 

Our new supplemental hard drive for the Dish DVR arrived just as we got home. It has one terabyte capacity! That is a thousand gigabytes! Should be enough to hold our movies!

 Went over to Coyote Pause for lunch, then relaxed for the afternoon. Back to the rec hall this evening as Pericles (the park owner) was giving a talk on his 2-1/2 month trip to India last summer. Very interesting talk.

Tuesday March 12

Morning hike and then we did some shopping, stopped at BK for lunch. Back home we relaxed outside, it was quite warm, but there was nice breeze that made it very pleasant.

At sunset we went up to the observation tower here at Desert Trails to watch for the comet. Took a while to spot the sliver of the new moon and then we were able to see a small smudge in the sky which was the comet.

Wednesday March 13

Another beautiful day, set a new record temp for the day - 89 degrees! After our morning hike Nancy did laundry and I went over and help Karen with fixing the lights on her utility trailer.

After watching the speech from the new Pope we went into town to run some errands. Stopped at Total Wine to stock back up on scotch and Irish whiskey (we were running low!), then a stop at Beyond Bread for lunch and then Costco.

Back home and relaxed, first time we turned the AC on this year, and watched a movie.

Sunday March 17

Not a lot going on towards the end of this week. Yoga on Thursday morning and a stop at Food Conspiracy. A couple of runs to the store, of course lunch a BK. Weather has turned hot, in the 90’s the last three days, so we have holed up with the AC on most afternoons.

Saturday morning we went to the Tohono O’odham Swap Meet. Pretty amazing collection of mostly junk. Lots of used appliances and clothing, some good deals on hand and power tools though. Also lots of small food booths, looks like a good place for the adventurous to sample Native American and Mexican food.

In the we watched the Blackhawks get back to their winning ways and then the F1 practice and qualifying. This morning we watched the race. Also the NASCAR race from Bristol. The crowds looked disappointingly small, guess Bristol is no longer the toughest ticket in sports. 

Warm enough in the mornings that we can go for our desert walks in shorts and short sleeved shirts. High today should be in the 80’s.

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